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Challenging the Dunning Orthodoxy

James S. Humphreys

in Francis Butler Simkins

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032658
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039411 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032658.003.0009
Challenging the Dunning Orthodoxy

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Simkins and Robert Woody collaborated on a new project which was to be a study of the Reconstruction era in South Carolina. The result of their project was the book South Carolina during Reconstruction, which stands out among the many works written in the early twentieth century on Reconstruction. Its reevaluation of the Dunning school and its inclusion of developments during Reconstruction that went beyond politics, such as economic and social matters, made it unique for its time. It deserves the significant place it holds in the annals of Reconstruction thought. South Carolina during Reconstruction also transformed Simkins into a major scholar and gave him a reputation as a progressive thinker.

Keywords: Dunning school; Radical Reconstruction; South Carolina; historiography; Reconstruction era; Robert Woody; Francis Butler Simkins; southern historians

Chapter.  8219 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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